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  • Friday, March 13, 2015 2:55 PM
    As long as basketball exists in Indiana, people will always contemplate their area's ultimate team. This year the girls' all-county teams, as voted on by the Montgomery County and staff of The Paper, consist of players from each of the three schools.

    Lacey Garrett, Erika Brooks and Paige Schueren took three of the top five spots in the voting for Crawfordsville. Garrett averaged 18.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Brooks averaged 9.6 points per game, and Schueren came in just under that mark as she averaged 9.4 points per game.

    Southmont's Aarika McKinsey and North Montgomery's Cheyenne Warren round off the coveted first-team.

    Southmont's Reagan Case, Brittany Barrett and Kasey Burton, earned spots on the second All-County team. North's Becca Adams narrowly missed a first-team placement, giving her the number six spot in voting overall. Crawfordsville's Kimberly Hampton rounded out the lineup for the second team.

    Crawfordsville finished the 2014-2015 season with a 12-11 (2-5 SAC) record. North Montgomery went 4-18 (0-7 SAC) and Southmont finished 4-18 (1-6 SAC).

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  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:27 AM
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference release its all-conference teams for girls' basketball on Thursday and Crawfordsville's Lacey Garrett was named a first-teamer.

    Garrett was the only Montgomery County athlete on the first or second team. This year, the Athenian senior averaged 18.7 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, 5.4 assists per game, 4.6 steals per game and became only the fourth girl in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:24 PM
    VEEDERSBURG - The Southmont Lady Mounties got off to the start they wanted Tuesday evening in their opening round Sectional 38 game against Riverton Parke. However, the Panthers second half shooting allowed them to escape South's upset bid with a 41-38 victory.

    The Mounties were impressive in the first quarter, allowing Riverton Parke only one field goal. Aarika McKinsey had seven, and Marlowe McVay, who made her first appearance in six weeks, hit a 22-foot three, as time expired, to give South the 10-2 lead.
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  • Lady Mounties close on high note
    Friday, February 06, 2015 7:27 PM
    NEW MARKET -- In its final game of the regular season, the Southmont girls' basketball team headed to the postseason in nearly perfect fashion. They just didn't quite pull out a major upset of Tri-West. The Bruins won 54-42.

    "I thought we played with incredible intensity. We got some touchy fouls that got us into foul trouble and we had to back off that intensity," Southmont head coach Susan McVay said, "Tri-West is the second best team in the conference and we played pretty even with them most of the way."

    The Mounties (4-17, 1-6 SAC) kept the game within two points after a quarter at 9-7, and trailed by just four at halftime to the Bruins (15-6, 6-1 SAC), 24-20.

    Tri-West won each of the second-half quarters by four, slightly pulling away.
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  • Friday, February 06, 2015 3:50 PM
    The Tri-West girls' basketball team proved too much for the Southmont Mounties Friday night.
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  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 5:20 PM
    NEW MARKET - The Southmont girls' basketball team has just one more test before heading to Fountain Central next week for the Class 2A sectional 38. But it's a pretty big test as Tri-West (14-6, 5-1 SAC) visits New Market.

    "Tri-West is an experienced team that runs the floor well and can consistently score from the outside and inside," Southmont first-year coach Susan McVay noted. "They put pressure on teams and can score quickly in transition."

    Southmont (4-16, 1-5 SAC) has been victorious in just one of their last five attempts, with three of those losses coming to Class 3A schools. They will have to play some of their best basketball to keep up with the Bruins.

    "We will have to get back on defense, as well as guard their posts and outside shooters," McVay said. "We can't have unforced errors that result in easy points for them, so our guards will have to make good decisions when handling the ball."
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  • Monday, February 02, 2015 3:55 PM
    The pairings for the IHSAA girls' basketball sectionals were released on Sunday and Montgomery County teams found themselves with varying levels of difficulties in their sectional openers.

    In Class 2A sectional 38, Southmont (4-16) will travel to Fountain Central on Feb. 6 to kick off their postseason with Riverton Parke (13-9). The Mounties are the defending sectional champions, but lost nearly all their scoring from that squad.
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  • Spolyar makes history as Tigers roll
    Friday, January 30, 2015 7:18 PM
    LEBANON - At halftime Friday night against Southmont, the Lebanon Lady Tigers honored Jami Sloan, one of the program's all-time great players for being named to the Silver Anniversary Team.

    But, it was a current Tiger player that stole the show.

    Junior Kristen Spolyar matched her career-high with 46 points and set Lebanon's career-scoring record with 1,692 points. The previous mark of 1,690 was held by Maggie Boyer. The Tigers won the game 95-26. Spolyar scored 26 points in the first half. Spolyar wasn't just dominate scoring. She had a game-high 14 rebounds, nine steals, six blocks and four assists.
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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:22 PM
    LEBANON - Get in, get out, move on. That's the approach the Southmont girls' basketball team will want to take Friday night when it makes the bi-annual trip to Lebanon for a Sagamore Athletic Conference clash. The Class 2A Mounties (4-15, 1-4 SAC) know that they will be heavy underdogs against the Class 3A No. 5 Tigers (18-2, 6-0 SAC).

    "Not having them in the sectional, we're going to go play and move on," Southmont head coach Susan McVay said. "We've got to do the best we can to come out and put together a game. We know what they're going to do."
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  • Lady Mounties fall on Senior Night
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:16 PM
    NEW MARKET - Coming off Monday night's come from behind victory over North Montgomery, Southmont showed no signs of fatigue early on Tuesday hosting the Covington Trojans. It was their fifth game in eight days, and their third since Saturday. In the end, however, Covington hit their free throws to escape with the 60-49 victory.

    Kasey Burton scored Southmont's first four points, and Aarika McKinsey added six more in the first quarter, as the Mounties stormed out to a 14-4 advantage.

    They played stellar defense holding Covington's leading scorer, Avery Chezem, scoreless in the first.

    "We came out inspired and played great at the beginning," said Mountie mentor Susan McVay. "I'm not sure we thought we would play that well, and I know that Covington didn't expect that.
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  • Mounties get redemption
    Monday, January 26, 2015 6:21 PM
    LINDEN - The last four days have been brutal for the Southmont Lady Mounties basketball team. On Thursday, the Mounties shot 8-of-29 from the free throw line in a 23-point loss to Sagamore Athletic Conference opponent Frankfort. Saturday they traveled to Crawfordsville where they outshot and outrebounded the Lady Athenians, and still ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, 53-40.

    Monday the Mounties got redemption.

    They shot 16-of-27 from the charity stripe to avenge an earlier loss and beat North Montgomery with a fourth-quarter rally, 34-29.
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  • Lady Athenians take county crown
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:47 PM
    In the game of basketball, if you shoot a better percentage, and outrebound, your opponent, you have a very good chance of winning. Unfortunately for the Southmont Lady Mounties, those two stats didn't lead to a win, as the Lady Athenians sent their seniors out on a winning note, claiming the County Championship, 53-40 Saturday night on their home court.

    Southmont played inspired basketball from the opening tip. They shot 67 percent from the floor in the first quarter, including 2-2 from distance, to take a 10-9 lead after one.

    "We talked about playing with heart but not emotion," said Mountie coach Susan McVay. "We knew there weren't a lot of believers, with us coming in at 3-13, that thought we could hang with them. I've got nothing but pride for the way the girls played tonight."

    Both teams had to battle foul trouble in the first half. Lacey Garrett left the game with two fouls, and a bloody eye, in the first 1:45 of the game. She would sit the remainder of the quarter.

    Aarika McKinsey and Brittany Barrett picked up their second fouls with 6:00 remaining, and the Mounties holding a 12-9 lead.
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  • Friday, January 23, 2015 7:12 PM
    NEW MARKET -- Southmont played one of their best games Friday as they hosted Class A No. 1 Covington. The Mounties put the visitors on edge by jumping out to a 13-9 first quarter lead. However, Covington showed why they receive statewide recognition, pulling away for the 60-39 victory.

    Southmont shot 50 percent in the first quarter, on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jarrett Todd stepped into the starting line-up, in place of the injured Heath Whalen, and made an immediate impact. Todd hit his first two 3's to lead the team in the first.

    Covington was limited to 29 percent from the field in the quarter, including 1-9 from long range. Their leading scorer, Chandler Spring, got in early foul trouble and only played 3:30 of the first half. Jordan Ahrens, their second leading scorer, was out with a sore knee.

    "I'm real proud of the guys tonight," said Coach Jon Sparks. "Before the game, we put up some very specific things that we wanted to do, and I thought we accomplished those. We wanted to keep them out of the paint, they shot 28 3's. We wanted to limit our turnovers, and we did a good job of that, especially in the first quarter (3), and we rebounded well."
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  • Athenians eye 
county crown
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:03 PM
    The Montgomery County girls' basketball title is on the line in the coming days.

    Crawfordsville could clinch the crown with a win over Southmont on Saturday at home. The Mounties would need to upset the Athenians on Saturday and bounce back to avenge and early loss to North Montgomery on Monday.

    "We've just got to save whatever we got, but that all goes out the window for a county game," Southmont head coach Susan McVay said. "We were county champs last year and that's how we have to take it. We still have an opportunity to win county, and that's a goal."

    For the Athenians, a county championship has been a major goal all season. The last time Crawfordsville won the county was in the 2010-11 season under head coach Gary Linn.

    "It's been a goal from day one. It's now or never for the seniors," Crawfordsville mentor Tony Thomas said. "It's also senior night for us. This is a game we've been looking forward to for a long time."
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  • Free throws not free for Lady Mounties
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:58 PM
    NEW MARKET -- In a game with more than 60 fouls between the two teams, free throws are essential. Southmont's Lady Mounties couldn't seem to find the bucket from the line at home, giving the Frankfort Lady Hot Dogs the win, 53-30.

    Of the 29 free throws attempted by South, only eight found their mark, giving the team a free throw percentage of 27.6 percent.

    "You would think we had never shot a free throw," Coach Susan McVay said. "You know at halftime we were shooting 25 percent from the free throw line, and I think we had us down at 19 turnovers, and we're still only down 10. I'm not sure how."
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